A view of the Wildlife around the Norwalk Islands.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
One Last Tern!
We went out to Cockenoe Island to remove the tern fencing before Earl potentially does that for us.
Although there were still several hundred Common Terns along the shoreline, with almost all being this years juveniles, there was no activity in the nesting area, and we felt all the chicks must have fledged by now.
As we were untying the knotted roping and removing the stakes, I noticed something very small and gray, hiding in the vegetation.
Wow! There is still one last chick on the island, that had not fledged, but something else was wrong, there were no adults defending this chick, none of the others birds seemed to care in the least that we were on the island, as they would normally be very upset, and dive bombing us, did something happen to it's parents?
I went back to the boat and grabbed my camera, took a few shots of this little darling, when all hell broke loose, seems the parents were out feeding, and upon their arrival back to the island, were not at all happy with us being there.
We cleaned up the rest of the gear, loaded it onto the boat.
This is the last photo, of the last Common Tern chick on the island.
They have been incredible to follow for the past several months, four hundred or so birds fledged on this tiny sand spit. I will miss them, and hope they return next spring.
Born in Norwalk,CT.I grew up just a few blocks from the Harbor. As a young boy in the late 50's I would catch winter flounder with my Mother, using drop lines from one the old docks off Water Street, we caught our own bait, catching nightcrawlers in our yard after dark.
South Norwalk back then also had a number of fields and I was out daily discovering the wildlife of those fields.
Most notable were the number of Garter Snakes, I would fill a box with my collection of snakes from the day, some were pretty big and yes I got bit every once and a while, but at the end of the day all the snakes were released unharmed.
Fast forward a half century, I'm still in love with nature,and the Norwalk Islands in particular, from it's nor'easters; to it's most picturesque sunrises; sunsets, and full moon glowing over it's water.
It's Birds; migrating through this area and sometimes even a few thousand nesting in the island chain.
From Harbor Seals surviving in the harshest of our winter months to White-tail deer starving to death during this same time.
This is just a small part of nature's events that I will reflect on for you to see.